Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge Confirmed As Head Of National Safety Council

NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF JEFFREY RUNGE AS NEW NHTSA ADMINISTRATOR

ITASCA, Il * National Safety Council (NSC) President Alan C. McMillan today expressed the Council*s *great enthusiasm* over the Aug. 3 Senate confirmation of Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Dr. Runge, a prominent North Carolina emergency physician, is a leading advocate of motor vehicle injury prevention and control.

*The National Safety Council has worked closely with Dr. Runge over most of the past decade to help reduce the toll of highway deaths and injuries in North Carolina and in the nation,* McMillan said.  *We take great pleasure in the prospect of expanding that relationship through new partnerships and joint activities between NHTSA and the Council.*

As Director of the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Dr. Runge played a key role in North Carolina*s successful *Click It or Ticket* campaigns to increase the use of life-saving seat belts and child seats in motor vehicles.

*Dr. Runge brings a wealth of experience as a researcher and educator in emergency medicine to NHTSA,* McMillan said. *He also brings a personal commitment to highway safety resulting from his experiences as an emergency room clinician.  He has seen the tragic results of vehicle crashes first-hand, and he will be a forceful and effective leader in preventing and minimizing the severity of these incidents.  The National Safety Council stands ready to offer whatever assistance we can provide to Dr. Runge in furthering NHTSA*s life-saving mission.*

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization dedicated to reducing unintentional injuries in homes and communities, in the workplace and on the road. Highway safety is addressed in the Safety Agenda for the Nation, a major NSC initiative to reduce unintentional injuries and deaths in America. For more information about the NSC, visit the Council*s web site at http://www.nsc.org.

  
NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL WELCOMES JOHN HENSHAW*S CONFIRMATION AS HEAD OF OSHA


	ITASCA, Il - National Safety Council President Alan McMillan today welcomed the confirmation of John L. Henshaw as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.  Henshaw, who recently completed a three-year term as president of the board of directors of NSC*s Safety Council of Greater St. Louis, was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 3.

*John Henshaw is exceptionally well qualified to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),* McMillan said. *With his lifelong commitment to reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace, he has earned the respect of the National Safety Council, its 37,500 member organizations, and the occupational safety and health community at large.
*As board president of the Safety Council of Greater St. Louis,* McMillan said,  *John helped to lead that Council Chapter to a solid record of service on behalf of the safety and health needs of its community, and to integrate it into the Council*s network of 50 chapters around the country.  John also built an outstanding record as president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and as a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.* 

In addition to his work with the National Safety Council, Henshaw is a past president of the American Industrial Hygiene Association as well as a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He was Director of Environment, Safety and Health for Astaris, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri, and was previously the Director of Environment, Safety and Health for Solutia Inc. 

*The National Safety Council stands ready to offer Mr. Henshaw whatever assistance we can give to bring about stronger safety and health protections for American workers, both on and off the job,* McMillan said. 

The National Safety Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization dedicated to reducing unintentional injuries in homes and communities, in the workplace and on the road. Workplace safety is addressed in the Safety Agenda for the Nation, a major NSC initiative to reduce unintentional injuries and deaths in America. For more information about the NSC, visit the Council*s web site at http://www.nsc.org. 

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